A Guide To Free Art In Northwest Arkansas

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Why Northwest Arkansas?

Northwest Arkansas - Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and beyond - is known more for major corporations & outdoor adventures than art, but that is about to change. These 5 area museums and attractions will make you rethink the possibilities of what small towns can be.

The permanent collection at Crystal Bridges spans 5 decades with major works by renowned American artists Georgia O’Keeffe, James Turrell, Andy Warhol, and Norman Rockwell, just to name a few. General admission to view the permanent collection is always free.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Bentonville, AR

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Modern art in a former Kraft cheese factory? Yes, please! A visit to The Momentary is more visual & experiential than a traditional museum, plus a cocktail bar, live performances, & a beautiful outdoor space. General admission is always free.

The Momentary

Bentonville, AR

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Inspired by Sainte-Chapelle, a Gothic church in Paris, and designed by architect E. Fay Jones, Thorncrown Chapel is renowned for the Frank Lloyd Wright design style & a popular wedding venue. Since its construction in 1980, Thorncrown consistently appears on top lists as one of the most beautiful churches in the world. 

Thorncrown Chapel

Eureka Springs, AR

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Fort Smith, AR

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Led by UnexpectedFS and curated by JustKids, downtown Fort Smith has been revitalized by an infusion of free & accessible art in Fort Smith and beyond. A free map will lead you on a walking or driving tour of vibrant and inspiring installations. New projects are announced often on their Instagram, so stay tuned!

Downtown Fort Smith

Bentonville, AR

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By fusing two seemingly disparate things, two art collectors founded 21C Museum Hotels, a boutique chain of hotels in the flyover states. Each location is unique, with contemporary art galleries, and farm-to-table, chef-driven restaurants. 

21C Museum Hotel

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